The Organic Girl's Guide To Healthier, Stronger, Longer Lashes
Everyone wants prettier, longer, thicker eyelashes. Who wouldn't? While cosmetics can help us look beautiful, there's a very strong chance those store purchased cosmetics contain ingredients that are not good for your lashes and probably do not promote growth. They can even be considered harmful and irritating, and can definitely hinder lash growth.
My first recommendation is to seek out organic and plant based cosmetics. These are many fantastic options, and organic and plant based ingredients are much better for maintaining healthier, longer lashes. Better ingredients will certainly allow for better results.
Another (not so healthy) alternative is lash extensions, but this is can be an added burden to your beauty routine and your wallet, and let’s just be honest – using glue and adhesive so close to your eyes is not a wholesome choice.
Let's talk a bit about how eyelashes grow and what you can do to help them.
THE LASH GROWTH CYCLE
On average, a person can lose up to 20% of their natural lashes every two weeks. Natural eyelashes grow in and fall out in cycles, which occurs every 60 to 90 days.
Depending on their individual lash growth cycles, a person can typically shed between 1 and 5 natural lashes every day.
We're born with a number of hair follicles, and that number remains pretty much the same through life.
There are things you can do to help make your lashes look healthier and much better in a shorter amount of time despite the 60-90 day lash growth cycle time frame. Healthier, shinier lashes are instantly more beautiful and you can achieve those qualities in no time.
THINGS TO AVOID FOR BETTER LASH GROWTH
STOP USING AN EYELASH CURLER: This may not be what you want to hear, but using an eyelash curler every day is creating stress on your lashes. Let’s be honest, clamping your eyelashes with a metal apparatus is not a great way to treat delicate hair.
STOP WEARING FALL EYELASHES: The most common problems associated with wearing fake eyelashes include: eye injuries and infections, allergic reactions, and damage to your natural lashes. False eyelashes can put your vision at risk. That's because anytime you have a foreign object near your eye, there is the potential for something to go wrong.
STOP RUBBING YOUR EYES: If you rub your eyes frequently, it can cause them the break and accidentally pull lashes prematurely. I tend to have very itchy eyes, directly related to allergies, and my “go to” relief is very warm water on a wash cloth, pressed gently against my eyes. It feels fantastic after a long day of work and offers so much relief.
IF YOU HAVE BLEPHARITIS, TREAT IT: Bepharitis is a eye lash and skin condition what occurs when the oil glands inside your eyelashes are clogged and cause an infection. It can cause your eyes to itch and appear more red and irritated. A quick remedy: Mix some drops of tea tree oil into some carrier oils such as olive oil or coconut oil. Dip a cotton ball in this mixture and gently rub it on your closed eyelids. Leave it be for 5 – 10 mins and repeat the whole process for 2 – 3 times a day till you notice the improvement.
STOP USING COSMETIC PRODUCTS WITH HARSH CHEMICALS: As noted above, using organic and plant based cosmetics is a definite way to improve eyelash growth.
PROVEN ACTIONS FOR BETTER LASH GROWTH
A HEALTHIER DIET: A well rounded, healthy diet is a very good way to promote healthier hair growth and a healthier body all around. A sure give away to an unhealthy diet is dry, brittle, thinning, unhealthy hair. Some recommendations to add to your weekly diet: Salmon, pumpkin seeds, lean protein, strawberries, almonds, beans, shiitake mushrooms.
BETTER COSMETIC REMOVAL: Sometimes wearing waterproof cosmetics or other long lasting products can cause us to tug or pull at our skin and lashes for a thorough removal. It’s best to use a gentle oil based makeup remover to dissolve eye makeup, and then wiping away with a wet cloth or paper towel to remove residue. You can give our makeup remover a try, or warm up some coconut oil and gently apply it to your closed eyes as an easy way to remove cosmetics and hydrate skin and lashes. Once you've removed your makeup, take a couple drops of our makeup remover or coconut oil and gently pat into lash line to condition.
BIOTIN: Taking biotin supplements are one of the very best things you can do for your lashes, skin and hair. Medical studies show that taking biotin regularly increases lash growth for almost all participants in the study. You will most definitely see better results.
ELIMINATE PRESCRIPTION AND CHEMICAL BASED EYELASH GROWTH PRODUCTS: Yes, you heard that right. Stay away from those expensive prescription and chemical based products. Using products with natural ingredients should always be your first step and primary strategy, and probably a more affordable strategy as well.
SWITCH TO ORGANIC AND NATURAL EYE MAKEUP PRODUCTS: There are many good product lines out there that offer truly organic and/or natural ingredients. Pacifica Beauty makes an excellent natural mascara that has some wonderful ingredient to help keep your lashes healthy.
PROVEN INGREDIENTS THAT WORK
These ingredient recommendations are based on solid medical and clinical studies, and they really can help.
CASTOR OIL: Castor Oil will stimulate hair follicles and encourage healthier hair growth. It will also assist in fighting micro-organisms that hamper growth.
CHRYSIN: Chrysin is a plant-based flavonoid, that is typically derived from passionflower or geranium.
GRAPE SEED PROANTHOCYANIDINS: Grape Seed Extract has been proven in studies to stimulate hair growth. It also helps suppress the hormone DHT, which can cause hair growth.
HORSE CHESTNUT: Is plant derived, and well known as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory. It's also well known for its anti-aging qualities. Because it can greatly improve vascular health and strength, is it found to encourage hair growth.
KERATINOCYTE GROWTH FACTOR: Also known as KGF, this ingredient has been proven to aid in the growth of hair and promote healthier hair follicles.
L-CARNITINE: Carnitine is a plant derived amino acid. Many studies have shown that Carnitine will help hair growth significantly.
L-ARGININE: L-arginine in hair growth can be improved by its association with nitrogen monoxide, especially in people with low levels of nitric oxide or who have a diet deficient in this substance. Arginine greatly helps with generating nitric oxide and compensating this deficiency, opening up the potassium channels within the cells. With the vasodilating effect of potassium, the blood vessels dilate, improving blood flow and circulation, resulting in increased blood supply to the hair follicles, which stimulates hair growth.
L-GLUTAMINE: Glutamine is metabolized by the body, and then delivered to various areas throughout. It helps to synthesize proteins (necessary for the body’s functioning), cellular energy, and even regulation of the acid-base within the kidney. It can also help to deliver sulfur to the scalp which is necessary for health hair growth.
NETTLE EXTRACT: Nettle is a plant derived extract that is proven to help promote hair growth, even in the difficult situation of hormonal hair loss. It also has been used since medieval times for inflammation.
NIACINAMIDE: Niacinamide is derived from whole grains and green vegetables. It has been proven to stimulate hair growth in medical studies.
SAW PALMETTO: Saw Palmetto is derived from a tree and is well known as an inflammatory and an immune system booster. Saw Palmetto is shown to inhibit the body's production is DHT, a hormone that prevents hair growth.
SOY ISOFLAVONES: Recent studies found that isoflavones derived from soy could help with hair loss. Soy isoflavones are organic compounds that work like phytoestrogens. They nudge DHT out of the hair follicles, reducing DHT accumulation.
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Jeanette | Owner & Formulator @ Claribelskincare.com